Flying Kites

Flying Kites

Flying Kites is a delightful activity that captivates people of all ages. Whether you’re a novice or looking to refine your skills, this beginner’s guide will help you get started on your kite-flying adventure. 1. Choose the Right Kite Selecting the right kite is...
Kites and Road Trips

Kites and Road Trips

Kites and road trips. The only thing better is kites, a Route 66 road trip, and a fun kite festival or two. Start with a visit to Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas to stock up on kite accessories and kites. Next, plan your trip using the Jim HInckley’s America website,...
High Flying Therapy

High Flying Therapy

Since at least 2020, the general consensus is that anxiety has increased exponentially. But countless studies have shown that there is a high flying anxiety therapy that has an almost universal appeal. Yes, you heard me right. Colorful kites are not just for kids or...
For Something Different

For Something Different

For Something Different. As happy Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas customers know, kite flying is a fun and relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is also a great family activity that can be enhanced with attendance of a kite festival. For Something...
High Flying Therapy

High Flying Kites

Summer 2023 is going to be a blast for kite and road trip enthusiasts! On Memorial Day weekend Pontiac, Illinois on legendary Route 66 was the host for this years National Road Trip Day proclamation event. And Pontiac is home to a diverse array of museums, charming...
World of Kites

World of Kites

World of Kites lovers. We at Tumbleweeds & Tarantula’s are passionate about kites. And so we are a part of an international community that enjoys the simple pleasures of kite flying. We are also just one chapter in the long history of the kite. Did you know...
Year of The Kite

Year of The Kite

Kite festivals are amazing events that celebrate the simple joys and beauty of flying kites. These events attract thousands of people who come to watch or participate in this colorful and fun activity. And Kite festivals are not only entertaining, but they also...
Tale of The Kite

Tale of The Kite

Tale of The Kite Herbert Sunbury, the main character in an obscure story entitled The Kite written by William Somerset Maugham, is an intriguing and complex character. In this entrancing tale about the complexities of human nature, Herbert lives a life completely...
Answers Raise Questions

Answers Raise Questions

Answers Raise Questions. There is ample historic evidence that for centuries kites have served a variety of purposes aside from providing relaxing entertainment. They were used as instruments of war. They were used to deliver messages behind enemy lines. And now...
Kites: More Than A Hobby

Kites: More Than A Hobby

Kites: More Than A Hobby. In the era before video games and the smart phones summer days of childhood were often filled with flying kites. With the crush of adult responsibilities kite flying becomes a halcyon memory. We tend to forget the simple pleasure of just...
Kites: More Than A Hobby

Kites For All Seasons

Kites For All Seasons, For kite enthusiasts that live in Bullhead City, Arizona, or along the Colorado River, Tumbleweeds & Tarantula’s is no mere store. It is a destination. This is a one stop shop for kites and kite supplies. But for Rory Sweet, Rupert...
Simple Things In Life

Simple Things In Life

Simple Things In Life, Whether it is a passing fad or a trend that is indicative of a societal shift has yet to be determined. Still, in recent years discussions about living a minimalist lifestyle have gone main stream. It is discussed on prime time talk shows, on...
Add Magic

Add Magic

Add Magic, Aside from the simple pleasures of whiling away an afternoon with some kite flying, the great American road trip might be the best way to escape the pressures of life. So, just imagine the fun of a road trip linked with kite flying. Well, 2022 is winding...
Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures of flying a kite is great fun on a windy day. It’s also very relaxing. So ditch those video games, get off the couch, and get yourself one of many of our great kites.  Choose from a vast selection of stunt, diamond and delta kites.” Simple...
Year of The Kite

Dark Day In California

Dark Day In California and a deeply divided America there is one thing that we can all agree on. The COVID 19 pandemic changed everything. Politics, education, business, travel and even shopping were transformed. And there is a very real possibility that nothing will...
Kites & Cars

Kites & Cars

Kites & Cars. What does Bullhead City, Arizona on the Colorado River and Detroit, Michigan have in common? Kites! In Bullhead City, Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas is your one stop shop for kites and kite supplies. And on July 10, kites take to the sky over Detroits...
Main Street America

Main Street America

Main Street America May 27 is National Road Trip Day. The date is symbolically significant. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer holiday and road trip season. The official proclamation will be made in Kingman, Arizona as part of an entire...
Kites & Road Trips

Kites & Road Trips

These are stressful times. That may be stating the obvious. But there are two simple ways to alleviate stress. Kites and road trips. Even better, combine the two. Start with a stop at Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas in Bullhead City, Arizona. We are the largest and...
Kites & Cars

Kites On The Beach

Kites On The Beach started in the 1950s, then the trend became a tsunami. Charles Kuralt summed it up succinctly , “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” With...
World of Kites

Myths & Childhood Dreams

Myths & Childhood Dreams, To visit Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas in Bullhead City, Arizona, your one stop shop for kites and kite supplies in the Colorado River Valley is to step back to the days of childhood. Kites are a link to a pre-video game era when school...
Celebrate Spring

Celebrate Spring

Celebrate Spring at Glenwood, New Mexico Glenwood, New Mexico along U.S. 180 is at the heart of an adventurers paradise. And the sense of history is palpable. Celebrate Spring at this small ranching community is located on the fringe of the vast picturesque Gila...
Go Fly A Kite 2022

Go Fly A Kite 2022

Go Fly A Kite 2022. In the past year or so social distancing, the shutdowns and COVID 19 related restrictions have provided ample opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the simple joys of kite flying. For people fortunate enough to live in Bullhead City, Arizona and...
For Something Different

Legend of the Kite

Legend of the Kite still have an international appeal equal to the kite. Kite flying is popular in Beijing, China, Bullhead City, Arizona, and Cape Tpwn, South Africa. But where did the kite originate? Many historians that have worked to answer that question start...
For Something Different

Storm Clouds

Kites have been used to relax and for scientific experiment. They have been pressed into service during combat and fostered friendly competition between villages. Here in the states, kites figure prominently in festivals as well as fond childhood memories. And...
Traditions

Traditions

In the 21st century age old traditions have been competing with video games, television, on line streaming services and smart phones. At times traditions seem to be loosing the battle. But scattered here and they are special places, living time capsules. Just such a...
Inspire The Imagination

Let’s Celebrate Spring

Let’s Celebrate Spring. This past year has been challenging, to say the very least. The COVID 19 pandemic derailed plans, caused a great deal of misery and in general upended life. Now there is a ray of sunshine on the horizon. Nationwide the number of daily...

Legend of The Carp

Kites are unique in that they have an international appeal that is rooted in antiquity. As a result they are excellent for bridging chasms of culture or language. Japanese historians believe that kites were first introduced into the country by Buddhist missionaries...
The Dragon

The Dragon

Chinese folklore is rich with tales and legends of dragons so it should not be surprising to learn that the mythical creatures figure prominently in kite designs. Some of the most intriguing legends blend dragons and the use of dragon kites used to help fight off...
Simple Things In Life

Time Capsules

Time Capsules In movies, books and stories kites are often used to portray a sense of whimsy. They are linked to the carefree days of childhood. But like simple, carefree days kites are fragile. They are made of paper, twine, wood or silk. As a result vintage or...
Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times Harvey A. Sellers, was a seller of paper. He was also an avid kiting enthusiast. Disappointed by the poor construction and quality of available commercial kites, he began tinkering with kite designs in his basement. His break came with the idea to...
Kites & Pizza

Kites & Pizza

The kites & pizza hideaway restaurant across the street from the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma is an institution. The doors at the original restaurant opened for business in 1957 making this one of the oldest pizza parlors in the Sooner...
Kites On The Big Screen

Kites On The Big Screen

Kites On The Big Screen. The popularity of the kite can not be overstated. Festivals celebrating the kite and the simple pleasures of kite flying are held throughout the world. Some of these festivals are rooted in centuries of tradition. Still, few things attest to...
Forgotten History

Forgotten History

Forgotten History of kites are ideally suited for this time of social distancing and quarantine. Hours can be spent with this relaxing past time and kite flying is a great way to enjoy the spring like temperatures. A visit to Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas is all you need...

Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends and the joy of kite flying transcends barriers of language, of culture and of age. It is nearly universal in nature. In most every country in the world you can find people laughing as they send kites high into the sky to dance on the breeze. Kites are...
That Was Different

That Was Different

That Was Different. This past spring the 36th International Kite Festival was held on the International Kite Flying Field in Weifang City, Shandong Province, China. Launched in 1984, the festival has become one of the oldest, largest and most popular festivals in...
Igniting A Passion

Igniting A Passion

Willy Copens was a Belgian soldier fighting in WWI. On Thursday, April 15, 1915, watched a German Zeppelin pass overhead on its return from a bombing mission in England and he was flooded with memories. On the same beach, when he was five years old, running among the...